When the work is constant, you look up and see 3 year flash before your eyes and wonder where did the time go and how on this green earth could so many Black and unarmed, or Black and suffering mental illness or just Black have been taken from their families and this community? That’s a good question. The reality is, in the 3 years Black Live Matter Sacramento has been a chapter there isn’t a shortage of fights and people stolen at the hands of state-sanctioned violence by law enforcement or otherwise.
Before October of 2015, InciteInsight had been making noise around the issue of state-sanctioned violence by law enforcement after the murder of Trayvon Martin. See, the truth of the matter is, it didn’t matter if Trayvon’s death wasn’t directly at the physical hands of law enforcement, because systematically the state sanctions the death of Black people with little consequence regardless who causes the death. So, when white men like George Zimmerman murder and claim self-defense, the protection of his innocence is hardly ever questioned and often times perpetuates the very system that sees no value in protecting Black life.
But it all started with #AdrieneLudd, on October 22, 2015…..
Cops who terrorize have habits that die hard and there is no training that can or will deter the imposition of control they have grown accustomed to; as the culture of policing is one rooted in exactly the manifestation of TERROR and manipulation, and that is the essence of control. It has been said time and again if we look at the root of the organization and you will find the root of the problem. With that being said, law enforcement began as slave patrols. We have to look at the fact that slaves were property, and Black folks are the descendants of slaves, which means there is an inherent continuation of controlling Black bodies like property…..no surprise there.
Let’s look at some examples of how cops in the Sacramento County area have overstepped the boundaries of HUMANITY for the sake of controlling Black bodies…..
Black Lives Matter—both in statement and in movement—make a lot of white folks uncomfortable. The insertion of Blackness into any given space (other than a non-political stage) is seen as a threat instead of an increase in equity—and maybe it is. The existing state of pervasive “whiteness” didn’t just happen. Modern whiteness was fought for, stolen from, and grown out of 1/5th xenophobia, 1/5th domination, and 3/5ths GREED. Our institutional status quo was built from genocide, enslavement, rape, and oppression. The norms of whiteness currently reside in gentrification, police terror, criminalization, and economic apartheid. Hella big words to describe what should be plain: White folks in power get angry when Black people just want to live. Systems aren’t accidental, they thrive because people want them to, so smashing those systems must be intentional and without reservation. Make no mistake, the insertion of Blackness IS a threat, and we will see tears of pallor rain down on this city in waves. Drink up, then! Get your mason jar, champagne flute, or solo cup ready! Top five times BLM Sacramento made local racists cry white tears:
If you are not actively trying to abolish, build or learn then we haven’t got too much to discuss. Personally, I am no fan of small talk or big talkers; I believe in taking initiative and actual actions. Black Lives Matter Sacramento puts in an immense amount of work because our city keeps us busy. There is a lot going on and we know that if we don’t do this work, it won’t get done.
If you aren’t actively trying to be part of the solution then you are a problem.
If you are comfortable with being willfully ignorant to the injustices taking place in our city on the regular then I cannot take you seriously.
If you feel like you have room to judge any of our methods or our approaches to certain situations then I urge you to redirect that energy to actually organizing something because there is a lot that needs to be touched on and there are only so many of us.
Get in where you fit in. We do a lot.....The most actually.
We're resistance for real.
You Cannot Train Away Anti-Black Cop Terrorism:
Cop Training Equates to Mastering the Art of Fear, False Narratives and Murder with Impunity
When speaking of the value of Black Lives in Sacramento, in California, in America, and around the world…..it is literally, figuratively and fundamentally based on the hypocrisy of white supremacy, capitalism, Christianity, the English language and slavery. We have been forced to believe that “CASH rules everything around us,” and so does property/assets; hence the beginning of slave patrols and modern-day policing. Its purpose is purely and solely based on the capture, MURDER, and CRIMINALIZATION of Black bodies…..it has always been that way. So unless we demand change, it will continue to do what it was designed to do.
Now, with that being said…..we will protest and remind with UNCOMFORTABILITY that this culture of modern day policing needs to be ABOLISHED. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said, "A riot is the voice of the unheard." Well looking at these caskets memorializing the numbers of those whose lives have been stolen by state sanctioned and supported murder and violence.....the question is becomes, "CAN YOU SEE US NOW?"
The Mommas—it is always the mommas. Her wails could be heard from my car as I walked toward the vigil last Friday hundreds of feet away. We have become so familiar with these decibels of pain, the echoes of sorrow, as they ring through Sacramento with a regularity unfathomable. But please tell me one thing! —What is the frequency of justice? What do her bells sound like? Because we haven’t heard it yet, and in this moment, I want to scream louder than the bullets that ended Darell Richard’s life.
You need to know the story of Mikel McIntrye.
He was his mother’s only child.
Her name is Brigett McIntyre.
When his life was stolen by Sacramento County Sheriff, he had one infant son.
He was a major league baseball prospect and was always generally happy.
He was visiting the Sacramento area, and his MURDER will forever be a memory of said visit.
What a way to welcome visitors to Sacramento.
Life has a crazy way of sometimes challenging our mental stability and for Mikel McIntyre it was the deaths of a few family members, a pending surgery for his grandmother, coupled with a battle for visitation with his infant son's mother. It was literally the life of his son and the deaths of an aunt and grandparents that caused him not to be himself and to emotionally reach an unexpected breaking point.
I won't be taking too much of your time today.
I just wanted to break some things down for folks.
Let's get this definition of racism out of the way first.
According to the United Nations, racism is defined as
“any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.”
In other words...
Prejudice + Power to Oppress = Racism
“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”
Sitting in this valley of smoke and ash as California burns, watching the literal manifestation of our unwillingness to make shit right—make our public officials do right—and the figurative symbolism of all that is so precious and beautiful being sacrificed to nothing but greed, I can’t help but to question, “Whose side are we on, and what are we willing to risk to end this nightmare?” Because the time is now.
I want you to think on sitting in history class way back when, where you likely learned the diluted versions of all of the early atrocities committed by white folks, including but not limited to; colonization, the genocide of my ancestors and other indigenous peoples, slavery, the Jim Crow era, maybe your instructor touched on the Dred Scott decision, possibly Black code laws, redlining & so on, thinking, “had I been alive back then I would have done this, that or the other…”